Florida fisherman catches shark, which is then eaten by a 500-pound Goliath grouper

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While reeling in a 3-foot shark last week, a Florida fisherman helplessly watched as his catch was devoured by a massive 500-pound Goliath grouper.

The snatch and grab occurred just off the coast of Everglades City, Florida, during a charter with Everglades Fishing Company.



"That same grouper later swallowed a stingray — or manta ray," said Michelle Wheeler of Everglades Fishing Company to Fox News. "[Goliath groupers] have become a nuisance, according to a lot of fishermen. They're eating everything." According to Fox, the Fiat-sized fish eventually spit the shark back out.

Goliath groupers are considered a protected species in the state of Florida, and can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh up to 800 pounds.



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